School History & Milestones

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The history of Stella Maris Inter College goes back to 1988 when the Bishop of Lucknow, Most Rev Alan de’ Lastic sent an invitation to Rev. Sister Jane, the then Superior General of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Graces to open a School in Lucknow. With the help of Rev. Fr. Antony D’Souza, the Vicar General of the Diocese, we were able to buy a prized plot of land for the new School from the Lucknow Development Authority.

The foundation stone for Stella Maris School was laid on March 12, 1992 by Rev. Fr. Albert Goveas. Registration of Admission to the new School was started on April 1, 1992. Rev. Sister Cecilia was the pioneer Principal. Sister Daisy, Sister Christina, Mrs. Lucy Marshall and Mrs. Amarjit Kaur were the first teachers. Rev. Sister Cecilia guided the infant institution with great foresight and vision for a period of six years. She saw to the construction of the first phase of the school building. On 16th July 1992, on the feast of Mother Mary, the school session began with 125 students who entered the precincts of Stella Maris. In June 1998 Rev. Sister Pushpa was appointed Manager and Principal. She nurtured the institution for a period of 3 years with great dedication and commitment. It was during her tenure that the successful completion of the main block of the School building was accomplished. On March 17, 2001 it was inaugurated by Rev. Sister Matilda, the then Superior General and blessed by Most Rev. Albert D’Souza, the Bishop of Lucknow.

In June 2001 the mantle of Principal of this growing institution fell on the shoulders of Rev. Sister Gemma, who continues to lead it to date. Rev. Sister Elizabeth was appointed the Manager of the School. They steered the institution with dynamism and deep commitment which is reflected in the developments that is seen all around. Making a beautiful and artistic Grotto in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Stella Maris – Star of the Sea, was one of the first initiatives taken by Rev. Sister Gemma. Her focus throughout has been to give the institution deeper roots and expansion while keeping abreast of effective and modern trends in education. She introduced innovative educational initiatives for the enrichment of the students as well as teachers.

The School which started with 125 students in 1992 now has about 3000 boys and girls from Kindergarten to Class XII. The first batch of students appeared for the ICSE examination in March 2002. The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi granted the School Permanent Affiliation on August 11, 2003. In March 2007 the first batch appeared for the ISC Examination. Every batch of students to this date has come out with excellent result.

The never-ending inspiration and enthusiasm behind every move has borne fruit and today the School is blessed with a vitalizing ambience, a well defined infrastructure which includes a state-of-the auditorium, a well-equipped library, Science and computer Labs, Language Laboratory, activity rooms, digitized Class rooms, a natural treat of lush green play field and beautiful gardens. The College also has been able to commission an impressive College Band comprising of boys and girls from different Classes.

A new Block of the School was envisaged with the support of Rev. Sister Mercy, the then Superior General for providing more class rooms and an auditorium. The then Manager, Rev. Sister Smitha played an active role in getting this Block constructed. It was inaugurated on December 11, 2010 by Rev. Sister Rajani, the Superior General and blessed by Most Rev. Gerald John Mathias, the Bishop of Lucknow. The very first programme conducted in the newly built auditorium was the ‘Christmas Musical’ which was appreciated by one and all present on the occasion.

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In 2012 the College completed 20 years of its life in imparting quality education to the city of Lucknow. This small, yet remarkable milestone has indeed been the story of an enriching journey because of the visionary leadership, committed staff, innovative educational programmes, industrious students and supportive parents. To commemorate this joyous occasion a Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated on November 26, 2012 which was presided over by Most Rev. Dr. Gerald John Mathias, the Bishop of Lucknow. On the following day the College presented a spectacular programme ‘Melody in Action’ which was presided over by Most Rev. Albert D’Souza, the Archbishop of Agra. His inspiring and encouraging message on the occasion will spur us on our onward journey.

With God’s watchful care Stella Maris has created an institutional climate of an educational community, comprising of students, staff and parents. The contribution of Stella Maris goes well beyond the boundary of an institution into the wider spectrum of human society. Rooted in value based frame work, radiating the divine and eternal truths of God, creation and humanity, Stella Maris with its beacon light strives to eliminate the darkness of ignorance, corruption and evil, and to establish good.

We are sure the students, teachers, parents and well-wishers will extend their whole-hearted support and co-operation to the Marisian family as we march ahead towards the 22nd year of this institution’s growth with renewed vigour and hope to realize our vision and mission.